Should You Replace Your Sump Pump?


Your sump pump will protect your basement from flooding when it rains a lot.  Your sump pump collects water from drains and diffuses it away from the house, generally into a basin on the basement floor.  A decent sump pump should endure for ten years or more.  Your sump pump, on the other hand, may go undetected for weeks at a time since it only functions when it is needed.

Remember that your sump pump is at its busiest during spring showers or summer thunderstorms.  Before the next big storm, keep an eye out for these warning signs to avoid sump pump failure and basement flooding.

Ensure that the backup power system is operational.

Even if your sump is in good operating order, severe rainfall might knock out your power and render it unusable.  If you don't have a generator, you might be able to utilize a rechargeable battery pack to keep your sump pump running for a few hours during a power outage.  Many modern sump pump systems, in fact, have a battery backup system as standard equipment.  You can consider a battery-powered backup sump pump in case your pump fails or requires assistance.

The sump pump turns on and off frequently.

If your sump pump cycles on and off frequently, the basin may be too tiny to handle the amount of water in your basement.  Overstressing your sump pump may lead it to burn out, so we recommend getting in a deeper basin to ensure that it is only used when necessary.  Your Aaron Swift plumber can install a sump pump basin that holds 20 to 30 gallons rather than the five-gallon kind.  While a larger basin needs a wider hole in your floor, it is less expensive than replacing your sump pump.

The sump pump is constantly running without reason.

It's likely that your sump pump is weak for the volume of water it's managing or the distance it needs to push it if it runs for several minutes at a time.  If one of these limits is exceeded, the pump must continue to run forever.  Sump pumps are scaled according to how much water they can pump in an hour (GPH).  Consider upgrading to a larger model with a higher GPH and higher efficiency to minimize breakdowns.  If you're unsure, a plumber can assist you in determining how much water your sump pump can handle.

There is a noticeable amount of water leaking in the basement.

Your sump pump works overtime during heavy rainfall, but it also operates when water seeps into your basement due to ground pressure, melting snow, or leaking pipes.  While sump pumps cannot prevent water from entering your home, they do serve an important purpose in draining water from your basement.  It's likely that your plumbing is leaking or that your sump pump isn't operating correctly if you've noticed increased puddling or gathering of water on your basement floor.  Your plumber can determine whether to repair or replace it, but you'll need a working sump pump to minimize water damage in your basement.

When replacing or repairing sump pumps, trust the professionals!

So, if you believe you need sump pump repairs or a complete sump pump replacement but aren't sure what to do, call Aaron Swift Plumbing and have one of our plumbers come out and evaluate your sump pump.  During a storm, the last thing you want is for your sump pump, which is meant to assist storm water move through, to fail and create flooding or other unnoticed disasters in your house.

Do not wait for a disaster to happen before contacting us.  Catch the problem early and have our Aaron Swift plumbers take care of it.

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Call Aaron Swift to schedule a visit to your house if you suspect a problem, already have one, or simply want to learn how to properly handle leaks from your household appliances.  We'll go through your options with you and help you through the plumbing code in your area.  Dry well repairs, catch tank repairs, storm drain repairs, and drainage system assessment, renovation, upgrade, and other plumbing installations are just a few of the sewer repair services we provide.

Please contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your business or residential plumbing.  This covers services like parking lot or other hydro-jetting, drainage servicing and maintenance, gas pipe, and drain snaking for residential and commercial plumbing.

Contact Aaron Swift Plumbing for the best and most affordable plumbing services. You can reach us by phone at (586) 315-4595 or by completing our online contact form.  We take pride in offering the best residential and commercial plumbing services in Washington, MI area!

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